April 25, 2011

Banfield Finds Pet Health Problems Stem from Not Visiting Banfield Vets

Talk about your self-serving reports.

Banfield Pet Hospital has released a report taken from 2.5 million health records. It suggests that an increase in diabetes, dental disease, flea infestations, chronic ear problems in both dogs and cats stems from a lack of preventative care. In other words, not enough vaccinations and vet visits to Banfield Pet Hospital.

This advice would be laughable if the effects weren't so tragic for family pets.

As Will Falconer, DVM has stated in his article The Cats are Talking ...About Chronic Disease,
"More veterinary care in the usual preventative way has backfired, and I think we are actually causing these chronic diseases to become more prevalent. While prevention is still most important, it's not best done by annual vaccines, toxic food, and topical flea poisons that warn us not to get them on our skin."
Almost 10 years ago, in 2003, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and every veterinary teaching hospital in America debunked the idea of one-size-fits-all annual vaccination schedule.

What AVMA says is "vaccines are a potent medical procedure associated with benefits and risk." The COBTA report tells practitioners it's OK to buck the tradition of annual vaccinations and consider "exposure probability, susceptibility, severity of disease, efficacy and safety of vaccines, potential public health concerns and owner's preferences" before inoculating.

The position of the American Animal Hospital Association is:

“Every effort should be made to change laws that require vaccination with this rabies product more often than every three years since annual vaccinations cannot be shown to increase efficacy and it is known to increase adverse events.” (Paul, Michael, Report of the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Task Force: 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature, AAHA Foundation, March 2003.)

Vaccinations in Veterinary Medicine: Dogs and Cats by Don Hamilton, DVM

A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual re-vaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccinations. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7-10 years). And no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats. Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response as a result of interference by existing antibody (similar to maternal antibody interference). 

It's safe to say the consensus among leading veterinary medical associations, vaccinologists and holistic vets is that yearly vaccinations are unnecessary, provide no benefit if given (will not increase immunity). The requirement for them by any veterinary or "pet hospital" is manipulative, i.e., they call for yearly vaccinations to induce clients to come in for examination rather than directly suggesting an examination.

Nice try, syringe jockeys.

1 comment:

Will said...

Whoa, Banfield! You guys reading that data upside down and drunk? Prevent diabetes? Ear "infections?" With more vet visits (aka routine vaccinations, Science Diet, and ear wash)? Wake up animal caregivers, and "follow the money."